A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant). Australia would appear to be carrying a white elephant and coincidentally, his name is Cameron White.
Mike Hussey came into the Australian team at the expense of his brother, David. I’m left wondering why they are not both in the team. White has gained a reputation as an excellent leader. He has also gained a reputation as a powerful and dangerous batsman. I can’t comment on the former claim but White has done no justice to the latter this summer.
In 11 ODI matches this summer, White has not once managed to reach 50. During that time he has averaged 28 and more importantly, those runs have come slowly. I don’t have his strike rate because my stats site is down at the moment but I have watched him bat several times recently and it has been painful.
And not only that, it seems he has nothing to offer as a bowler. He has progressed from “the next Warnie”, to the number one Test spinner (on the Indian tour two and a half years ago), to being not fit to ball a bowl in One Dayers. Even David Hussey can be called upon to bowl some semi decent, part-time offies. And while Hussey, D has not been that impressive with the bat, he has averaged 41 with a couple of sixties.